Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Read-a-Thon has drawn to a close, but as always, I think its effects will go on long after the last pages were turned. Congrats to all you readers, especially the ones that more or less made it the full 24 hours! It's so awesome to see so many people reading on Read-a-Thon day. Despite the fact that I was a bit frustrated at times that I got to what seemed like such a relatively small percentage of the nearly 200(!!) readers on my cheerleading jaunts, I am so thrilled to see so many people getting on board to continue this event that Dewey was really so passionate about. I had a fabulous time visiting those of you I did get to visit and hope that a few of you found my demented comments at least mildly encouraging!
Despite never having signed up as a reader, I've got a soft spot in my heart for this event. The first one took place probably not even a month after I first started blogging and my "unofficial" cheerleading helped me to meet some of my best bloggy buddies who then helped me to meet some of my other best bloggy buddies. I was and continue to be so impressed with the way such a vast portion of the book blogging community "comes out" to do this, how much fun everyone has, and how supportive everybody is of each other. I know that my parents were rather perplexed when I announced that I would be dedicating a decent chunk of a day to cheering on people while they read for 24 hours. I'll even admit that it sounds a little strange, but I can't think of a better way to have spent my day than encouraging such a great group of people who are doing what they love (and loving what they do!)!
Thanks again to all of you who made this Read-a-Thon, what seems to me, a resounding success! Thanks especially to Trish, Nymeth, and Wordlily who dedicated their time and their energy to continuing this great event where we can really come together as a community. I'm sure that Dewey would be proud.